Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Jordan!

Today is Jordan’s birthday and I’m so proud of her! She is going to be attending law school next year, but not sure exactly where yet! She has been accepted at a couple of schools already and just waiting to here from a couple of other schools and then deciding which one is the right fit!
For those of you that don’t know us, Jordan is adopted and completed our family. We have been so blessed by God with this beautiful person that is so much more than I expected!  I recently found this on Pinterest and it’s so appropriate!

I am so blessed to be your mother and wish you many more birthdays to celebrate! I Love You!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Steamboat Arabia

Are you a treasure hunter?? Saw some on my recent trip to Kansas City, Missouri. Visited the Steamboat Arabia Museum and it was also very fascinating. The steamboat Arabia sank suddenly in 1856 in the Missouri River near Kansas City, after striking a submerged tree. All 130 persons survived, but over 200 tons of frontier cargo was lost including dishware, china, tools, guns,hardware, clothing, beads, buttons, French perfume, medicine and bottle foods.
There is a great video that explains the entire process from the idea of the project the families involved and how and what they did. They actually found the steamboat in a farmer's field since the Missouri River's path changed over the years. They excavated in 1988-1989 and decided to begin the museum, mainly because what they found was the largest pre-Civil War artifact collection in the world. They have been working for years on preserving as much of the boat as possible and the cargo. 
It's AMAZING what was pulled out and very much intact and undamaged. The care that has been taken to save and preserve all of this cargo is amazing. Just the sheer numbers of items is amazing. 
And for me the neatest thing was after the movie, just before you actually go into the museum, one of the family members involved actually comes to the presentation and speaks to the group. We actually met Mr. Bob Hawley and he answered questions that were asked and it made it so much more personal! Not sure that I could or would have allowed my husband to do this at all!!!
Here are some of the pictures from the museum.
Postcard from the museum
These are a few of the bottles, buttons, jewelry, and millions of seed beads!

Beautiful china

Look at all of those boots!!

Few clothes and thousands of buttons....yes each of those circular containers contain buttons!!!

These are all household items, things used in building a home....on the right are displays of circles of skeleton keys! There are hinges, door knobs, nails and anything else you could use.

Dishes, bottles, containers of all kinds!

These are all tools or implements used for work!

This was one of the most interesting museums I've visited and really gives you a glimpse into life as it was in the United States in 1856.  If you ever get a chance to go you should!!


Friday, January 13, 2012

World War I Museum

This is the Liberty Tower
Got a chance to get to the World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri today! Wow!! What an awesome museum! If you ever find yourself in Kansas City I would definitely recommend a visit. This is the only museum dedicated to WWI in the entire United States. Being a retired history teacher and knowing much of the history already, but when you teach it to high school students you really  must "rush" through a lot of it to get to all the other required topics. World War I had so much international facts and details to understand to really be able to get why the US eventually joined the war and this museum had it all! 
Lots of artifacts from all sides, but what is neat is how the museum is set up. The Liberty Tower is in the center and the museum is built around it's base. There is an introduction movie to set up the story of what is going on in the world. 1/3 of the museum is the explanation of the international world events from 1914 - 1917 and how the war progressed, in addition to pointing out other world events going on. Then there is a second movie that explains how the war got bogged down and then ultimately decisions made by the German War Committee to resume 'unrestricted submarine warfare', which is ultimately what got the US involved in the war. The second 1/3 of the museum is the US involvement in the war with some great artifacts! The area between the two thirds has some really cool interactive displays that allow you to look at and learn, but to also create some things using WWI art. Additionally in this area are audio rooms, where your group can sit down and choose to listen to people on topics dealing with the war, music, prose, and poetry. Nice respite as you must walk through the rest of the exhibits. 
There are also two other areas that I was able to view, the Exhibition Hall, which was the old, not the newly renovated/added on to museum, which displayed lots of other artifacts. And the Memory Hall with a focus on more personalities of the war and additional displays that explained the entire museum and significance of all of the 'parts' of the museum.
There is just too much to talk about here, but it's a great place to visit. Unfortunately I didn't get to go up into Liberty Tower due to ice. It snowed night before last here and there is still some snow and ice on the ground....just enough to be frozen and create a problem and keep people from being able to go up. It was still a great visit. They have a great gift shop and the Over There Cafe!
Great way to spend the day in Kansas City!!
This is the bridge you cross to go to the museum, with 9,000 poppies below and each represent 1,000 casualties. The reason for the poppies is that is what was in France near Flanders.
1917 Harley Davidson that was used in the war. All original parts with the exception of tires, and spark plugs...the things you must replace to make it work!

A case with guns...rifles and pistols. These were all from the European section so were mostly German, Austro-Hungarian, and French.

French tank...you can't see the big holes that are in the other side which put it out of commission.

This is a picture of the bridge with the reflection of the Liberty Tower with the window panes and you can see the poppies below. Very neat picture that the volunteer suggested!!

One of the many propaganda posters and of course this one was aimed at women!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kansas City

I find myself in Kansas City this week! I'm here with my husband at the National Soccer Coaches Convention and trying to be a tourist and learn about Kansas City while he attends sessions.
Today we took a walking tour of the city and learned a bit more of the city! Erik from Kansas City Tour Company was our guide and did a very good job!  Didn't realize that it was such a gangster city, but they didn't participate in abolition at all! There are lots of jazz clubs and there was an entire network of under the basement tunnels made so that you could get from one club to the next or store your liquor. Very fascinating.
Cosentino's Downtown Market which is a grocery store, and restaurant all in one! Lots of really good stuff here! May eat lunch there everyday!!

Garment district building, looking up!!!

This is the railway car that Harry Truman (who was from Missouri) used on his Whistle Stops when he was running for President.

Skyline of Kansas City from the top of the City Hall Observation Deck

Lewis and Clark statue on the spot by the Kansas and Missouri River where they camped after heading out to document what was in the all the land of the Louisiana Purchase by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803. Sacajawea is also there, with their dog Seaman and the slave guide Toby as well.

There are some really old buildings here as well with some cool architecture too!
We also went to the City Hall Observation Deck (it's free!) but you have to wait for the security guard to take you up and give them copies of your id. Also are not allowed on the floor with the Mayor.
Found some good places to try out the nightlife in KC and restaurants too!

More later once I try some other things in the city!!